• Hell Motel

  • 8 Months at an Economy Hotel
  • By: Mike Lee
  • Narrated by: Mike Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Prepare to never look at motels the same way ever again....

Hell Motel exposes the seedy underbelly of the economy line industry, and weaves both humorous and horrific true-life tales of the people who sleep, work, and claw to survive at roach motels. This is the exposé that they don't want you to hear. 

Hell Motel is the true story of a privileged, immature, and spoiled asshole named Mike, who relocates to the big city in an attempt to outrun his personal demons. After accepting a management position at a cheap dive motel, Mike is overwhelmed by the prostitutes, drug addicts, and desperados who infest the property...but through eight months of depravity, Mike is ultimately able to rediscover his humanity. 

©2021 Mike Lee (P)2021 Mike Lee

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awesome

I work at a hotel and this is so true and hilarious. Anyone who worked in hotels will understand

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A great listen!

Great narration! As a fellow hotelier I throughly enjoyed everything! Would totally recommend. You will not be disappointed!

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Real World Drama

I loved listening to this book. As a hotel GM I can totally see any and all of this happening...and it eating away at one's soul. People in the hospitality industry should read it to know they aren't alone. People who are guests in the hospitality industry should read it to understand why things might not always go perfectly. I will be recommending this book far and wide. Well done.

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Gripping from start to finish!

Loved the story! Mike did a great job writing and narrating. It was captivating and definitely kept you wanting more.

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This is now in my top ten list.

WOW. This book is definitely on my top ten list of books now. Mike Lee delivers an amazing narrator performance and brings you into a world of abuse and horror that can occur in cheap hotels. I was in lower-end Marriott hotels for 6 years and loved and hated every minute of it. This story is heartfelt, funny, sad, and horrifying all at the same time. I genuinely feel that other hotel people will love and relate to this book as much as I have.

And even you aren't in the hotel family and someone from the OTHER side of the desk by the time you finish this book, you will know how we felt when you clogged the toilet that one time you stayed at a hotel, tried to fix it, broke it, and then flooded your bathroom with poo water and called the front desk to come and clean it up for you. That didn't happen in the book but I'm SURE it has happened to 8 out of 9 front desk folks.

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So true it hurt

As a former hotelier, this book was extremely relatable, painstakingly accurate, & just fun

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couldn't stop listening

Loved it. I think I worked for the same company a few years ago.

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This book is much more than it seems

Underneath the sarcasm, dark humor and horror stories centering around life at a cheap motel, there seem to be underlying analogies and metaphors that speak to a kind of larger narrative. Obviously the book is about corporate greed and how hotel companies exploit their employees, but the authors journey to maturity is nuanced and layered in symbolism.

For example: the frequent mentions of coffee and the reoccurring appearances of Sponge Bob merchandise. The city this story takes place in (Phoenix) is named after the legend of a bird being reborn from ashes, much like the author in his quest to redefine himself.

The training in Ohio is an example of the authors care-free frat boy lifestyle before the journey really begins (partying/getting the car towed/friends that enable him.) This helps readers understand the immaturity of the author before his transformation.

Being trapped in the electrical closet is obviously a nod to purgatory and symbolizes the beginning of the authors journey into hell. The characters he meets all seem to represent either a future version of himself (Chuck/Chris) or encouragement (Janis/Milton) or temptation (David/Darren/Shannon.) Kickball is obviously a test... to see how much the author learned and changed since we saw him in Ohio.

There's much more to discover with multiple reads... but the layers to this book are as complicated or simple as what the reader puts into it.

Buy the book and take the journey. You may laugh, you may cry and you may be disgusted... but you will never forget it.

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  • pumbaesque
  • 02-28-21

Eye Opening

I stayed in hotels like this one, without realising it at the time. Mike Lee writes a page turner, and brings the reader/listener along with his struggles. By the end I was rooting for him to get that job he was going for. I do hope it worked out for him. I didn't like the narration though - probably a personal preference but I wish he'd got someone else to read it. Sometimes it worked, but mostly I felt it the narration didn't match the content - the narration comes across as a brash young man - matching the beginning of the story. But I felt he grew up during this period, and so did he force this brashness? Maybe writers don't always have narration skills as well.